While obesity is a prime concern for many Americans, weight gain is hitting alarming levels in the United Kingdom - for dogs.
According to the Daily Mail
, more than five million canines in Britain will not live to their ripe old age because of putting on serious poundage. The statistics were cited from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a group which analyzed the medical records of more than 30,000 pooches in the country.
"Overweight pets are less mobile, less willing to play and more likely to develop a serious health condition," PDSA senior vet Sean Wensley told the news outlet.
The increase in fatty furry creatures is most likely due to pet owners continually feeding their dogs table scraps and leftovers, in combination with not giving them enough exercise, the news source reports.
Those who are concerned about these heavy statistics can take action. PetEducation.com recommends keeping a dog on a low-fat, high-fiber diet that also contains ample protein. The website also advises people to walk their pups between 20 to 60 minutes a day.